Monday, 25 November 2013

ELF 50% off Haul.

Elf recently hit a Twitter target and offered up a 50% off code so everyone could share in their success. I've tried a few bits and pieces from Elf but they've expanded their range since I last placed an order so I decided to buy a few bits and pieces - I clearly don't need any more make up, but who can resist a half price sale?!
The only item I specifically wanted was the yellow HD powder which ironically, I forgot to even add to my basket. All of the products I did pick up where chosen on a whim so here's a quick run through of the products I ordered.
 
Lip Stain in 'Heartbreaker' - £3.75
I have a lip stain from Elf in the shade 'Red Carpet' and love it, these are quite pigmented and long lasting and offer up the option of a gloss to wear over the top. I found this shade to be a little watery compared to the other one I own but it still applies nicely. The colour is a dreamy Barbie/pale pink and all of the lip stains dry down to a matte finish.
 
Blush in 'Pink Passion' - £3.75
I picked this blush purely because I'd seen Tanya Burr use it in a budget beauty video. It's a gorgeous pink that's quite vivid and a little daring in the pan but translates as a girly pink flush on the cheeks. It reminds me of Nars Gaiety, without the shimmer at a bargain price.
 
HD Blush in 'Headliner' - £3.75
This stuff is pigmented. The packaging is quite sweet and it comes with a pump which is always a bonus, just be careful how much you dispense as you need the TINIEST amount. It comes out as a thick cream but blends easily in to the skin. Headliner is a rosy, pretty pink that adds a flirty flush to the cheeks.
 
Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream in 'St. Lucia' - £3.75
This is, as the name suggests, a cream contour and blush duo. Packaged in a sleek Nars style compact, it also offers a large mirror (as do most of the Elf powder products!). Both shades are incredibly pigmented. Also too pigmented, if I dare say so. You literally need to touch your brush to the product and you've set.
 
Cream Eyeshadow in 'Candlelight' - £3.75
This is a very pale champagne shade that when swatched looks almost white and quite frosty. It applies a little unevenly and I'm not overly keen on it so far but I'll give it a try underneath eyeshadows and see if its any use to me!
 
Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in 'Antigua' - £3.75
An apparent dupe for Nars Orgasm/Laguna duo, but I think not. As it seems to be a common trend with Elf product, these are very pigmented and a light hand is needed. The bronzer is very dark, not for pale skinned girls and the blush is a similar to Pink Passion but LOADED with glitter. This is the main drawback for me, the glitter. I don't mind a little shimmer but glitter is a no go so I think I'll be passing this along.
 
All Over Color Stick in 'Toasted' - £1.50
I got this shade purely for the purpose of trying to create a golden goddess look on nights out. It's a gorgeous golden bronze shade that when sheered out adds a really beautiful shimmer to the skin. I'm also tempted to try this out as a cream eyeshadow, we'll see. Oh and did I mention this smells of oranges?! Yum!
 
Eyebrow Treat & Tame in 'Ash' - £3.75
This is a dual ended brow tamer with one clear side and the other tinted with the shade of your choice. I've not tried this yet but heard reviews of it leaving brows slightly crispy, eek, so lets hope it performs well when I trial it!
 
 Maxiumum Coverage Concealer in 'Nude' - £3.75
This sounded promising and having tried it a few times, it's not a bad product. I wouldn't say it's full coverage, definitely more a medium coverage with quite a dewy/satin finish that needs to be set with powder. It's very creamy and thick, plus the shade range is quite limited but for the price - it does the job! If I was on a budget I'd definitely repurchase.
 
I also brought two brushes, the powder brush and the studio small stipple brush, the powder brush (£3.75) - get it, the stipple brush (£3.75), pass. All of these goods only ended up costing me £20, not bad at all.
 
SWATCHES:
TOP ROW; LIP STAIN 'HEARTBREAKER' - BLUSH 'PINK PASSION' - HD CREAM BLUSH 'HEADLINE'
MIDDLE ROW; CREAM BRONZER & BLUSH 'ST LUCIA'
 BOTTOM ROW; CREAM EYESHADOW 'CANDLELIGHT' - POWDER BRONZE & BLUSH 'ANTIGUA' - ALL OVER COLOR STICK 'TOASTED' 

9 beauty obsessed ladies have an opinion...:

  1. wow, the blush and the cream blush and bronzer duo seem lovely and super pigmented! heard so much about elf but have yet to try their products, it looks well worth the purchase!

    Eve x | ChantellEve.blogspot.com

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  2. Some of these seem amazing! I'm yet to try ELF may have to do it soon.

    Molly x
    Lyon Notes

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  3. I love the Headliner blush but the pump just dispenses far too much even when your careful, but for the price its an amazing product!
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I always like the look of the blush/bronzer duos but this post has definitely made me think twice. I think they draw people in by packaging them in such a similar way to the NARS duos, but given that I'm so fair I don't think I'd be able to pull these ones off!

    thunderl0ve

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  5. I really want to try the contouring and blush cream set! I love finding gems from Elf I always feel so smug that I got a bargain!

    www.walking-in-heels.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  6. I have Pink Passion and Headliner and they are quite nice. Great haul xx

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  7. Great haul, I need to get my hands on some goodies!

    theglamaddict.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Ooh everything in this haul looks lovely! Great prices too! X

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